Need Opinion On New PC

Discussion in 'OT Technology' started by evh, Jul 7, 2004.

  1. evh

    evh OT Supporter

    Jun 3, 2004
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    Alright, well I just got paid for a very big job, plus sold a business, so I have some extra cash lying around. I haven't upgraded/bought a new PC within almost 5 years. I need a new PC. So, I was looking at newegg to buy all of the needed parts, and build it myself. Then I thought, how much more money would it be if I bought it from Well here's my specs:

    From newegg:

    Basically a P4 3.2 GHZ w/ HT system, 120 GB Harddrive, ATI Radeon 9800 PRO, and DVD+-RW + CD+RW combo drive.

    Case $43 -

    Motherboard $111 -

    RAM (512 x 2) Dual Channel $178 -

    56K Modem $11.99 -

    Lite-On Combo Drive (everything) $72.70 -

    P4 3.2 ghz HT Processor $279 -

    Sony Floppy Drive $10.99 -

    120 GB HD 7200 RPM $82.50 -

    ATI Radeon 9800 PRO $225 -

    Sub Total: $1014.18

    This was from

    Basically the same specs, with some variations in chipsets and hardware.

    • Raidmax 268 ATX Mid-Tower Case w/350W Power Supply Black
    Power Supply
    • Standard Case Power Supply
    • Intel® Pentium-4 Processor 3.2 Ghz CPU [512K Cache, 800MHz FSB, Hyper Threading Ready]
    Processor Cooling
    • Certified CPU Fan and Heatsink
    • Asus P4P800-Deluxe i865PE Chip 800FSB w/5.1 Sound, LAN, IEEE-1394, USB 2.0 8x AGP Motherboard
    • 1024 MB Dual Channel [512MB X2] DDR-400 PC3200 Memory Module Major Brand
    Video Card
    • ATI Radeon 9800 Pro 128MB W/DVI + TV OUT 8x AGP Video
    Hard Drive
    • 120 GB HARD DRIVES 120 GB 7200 RPM Ultra ATA-100 Hard Drive
    CD-RW/DVD-RW Drive
    • [** Special !!! ***] Dual Format 12X DVD±R/±RW + CD-R/RW Drive Black
    Sound Card
    • 3D Wave Stereo Sound Onboard
    • Creative Labs V.92 56K Fax/Modem w/Voice
    Network Card
    • 10/100 Network Onboard
    Floppy Drive
    • Mitsumi 1.44 MB Internal Floppy Drive Black
    • Multi-Media Keyboard Black
    • Microsoft IntelliMouse 1.1A USB Internet Mouse Beige
    USB Port
    • Build-in USB 2.0 Ports
    • Build-in IEEE-1394 Fire Wire
    Operation System
    • MS Windows XP Home Edition
    • Warranty Service Standard 3-Year Limited Warranty
    Rush Service
    • Rush Service Fee (not shipping fee) No Rush,

    Sub Total: $1,281

    Then I thought to myself, for just $266.82, I get Windows XP Home, a keyboard, mouse, cheap speakers, 3 year warranty, and support on everything. I also wouldn't have to deal with the headache of configuring all of the hardware, and installing all of the drivers. Do you guys think it's worth the $266.82 or not?

    Also, on a sidenote, since I am going to be running an ATI Radeon 9800 PRO, do you think I should upgrade my power supply to 500 watts, and add a few more fans / a better heat sink?
  2. percent

    percent deluded

    Jan 5, 2004
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    you will hate the mouse keyboard and speakers. They are not even worth considering as part of the deal. XP home you can get for about $90 new? or something like that. 350watt supply does sound a little skimpy. I would get 400 or 450 to be on the safe side. Its really up to you if you think its worth 100 for assembly. If it wsa me i would say id spend maybe 4 hours setting everything up, $25/hour would be more than enough to justify doing it myself. But if your not confident building stuff that might be a different story (or it might be good experience to do it yourself).

    Keep in mind the newegg one may not come with all the cables you need (i dont know) - but you may end up spend money on cd audio cables, ide cables, power cables, floppy drive cable, etc

    One other advantage of the one from i buy power is that besides the dvd burner being faster, its comes with a second cdrw drive. Thats a huge plus for copying things or playing a cd while haveing a cdrom in a drive.
  3. McClane

    McClane Who Killed Marilyn?

    Apr 18, 2001
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    350W is fine, i dunno why everyone feels the urge to upgrade power supplies needlessly.
    4 hours to assemble a comp is a bit much, I'd say youre paying way over $25/hr.
    the mobo is retail, will come with cables.
    you didnt factor a fan/heatsink into your newegg purchase unless youre gonna use stock on a 3.2 intel :mamoru:
    i dont see where it says the ibuypower comp comes with 2 cd drives, but maybe im misreading.
    why are you buying a modem? i guess from the lack of a NIC you use dial up? :(
    why are you buying a 3.5"? Doesn't your current comp have one?
    also note it looks like that case you are buying has 1 intake fan, and 2 exhausts. i've never seen a stand alone case that comes with fans. theres 3 more things you will have to buy possibly.
    the harddrive from ibuypower is ata100, slower than the ata133 u chose on ebay.
    and finally. they are selling you a crappier chip instead of the one you picked on newegg. (1mb cache vs 512k cache)

    little things like that to cut corners is what makes them have a similar price.
    Last edited: Jul 7, 2004

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